Contributed on Jul 11, 2011
When God's people as a whole fail to be light, we as individual believers can still SHINE.
God's Tough Love for His Dysfunctional People (Hosea 1:1-10) [Note: I tossed my original intro for this late-breaking one.] 1. Early this morning I got a call at 2a.m. from the alarm company. 2. We had the police out to check things out, all was well. 3. Terry told me about starting a ...read more
Contributed on Jul 18, 2011
God’s long term blessings often require times of discipline and disharmony
An Inevitable Breakup Hosea 2:1-2a, 6-7, 14-23 1. It's been a long but meaningful week. 2. Camp is a good time, but it makes for a mighty tight schedule. 3. I teach daily for two weeks, and I also start my lessons off with 15-20 jokes. 4. I didn't tell the joke about the couple who had ...read more
Contributed on Jul 25, 2011
Ignorant Christians do not generally have an intellectual problem, they have a spiritual problem. Let’s evaluate ourselves in light of three questions suggested by the text of Hosea.
Ignorant By Choice (from selected verses in Hosea 4-5) 1. What a great two weeks we had in Camp! It is worth all the effort we put into it. 2. But while our kids were enjoying camp, over in Norway, 92 youth we gunned down at a Labor Party youth camp. What a horrid crime. 3. This week, gay ...read more
Contributed on Aug 8, 2011
We can learn from Israel's mistakes and make provision to stay on course by embracing three principles.
Of Course or Off Course? (Hosea 8-10) 1. This was an excruciating latter part of the week for Marylu and I and Luke 2. We had to move Luke out of Moody and then into SBTS. 3. I was saying "goodbye" to Moody a second time. I enjoyed my years there. 4. One of my professors retired 10 years go, ...read more
Contributed on Aug 15, 2011
God leads us through stages; for some, the stages are smooth, for others, rough. It depends upon our disposition.
The Rough Way to Maturity (Hosea 11) 1. You know you are getting old when: • You hear your favorite song on an elevator. • You watch the Weather Channel. • You don't know what time Taco Bell closes anymore. • You try to straighten out the wrinkles in your socks ...read more
Contributed on Aug 22, 2011
Like a grieving husband who has been deserted by the wife he loves, God reflects upon his relationship to unfaithful Israel.
God, the Heart-broken (Hosea 12-13) 1. TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa police arrested an expelled student after thwarting what they called a "catastrophic" plot to set off a bomb at his former high school next week, authorities said Wednesday. Police Chief Jane Castor said Jared Cano, 17, had ...read more
Contributed on Aug 29, 2011
No matter what the era of human history, God responds to the repentant heart.
A God Who Cannot Resist Repentance (Hosea 14) 1. I used to enjoy the old "Where's the Beef?" commercial. 2. Everyone, it seems, knows a "where's the beef" type of lady. 3. Germany has them, too: BERLIN (Reuters) - A feisty 90-year-old German woman chased away three would-be burglars ...read more